Why the gloomy claims about BME representation at board level don’t add up

Don’t believe the assertion that diversity on NHS boards is declining, writes WRES director
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Don’t believe the assertion that diversity on NHS boards is declining, says NHS England’s director for Workforce Race Equality Standard implementation

When it comes to race equality, very few people anywhere in the world can claim they are getting it right. Evidence shows that people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are more likely to experience health problems, be less wealthy and generally have poorer life chances.

The NHS is England's biggest employer of people from BME backgrounds – a head count of one in five – yet when it comes to senior positions within organisations, representation, though improving, is poor.

High-level commitment to change

However, there has never been a time when the NHS has taken race equality as seriously as it does now. The high-level support and commitment it receives is evidenced by the investment in


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